Delphine Nakache


Delphine Nakache
Associate professor

LL.B. (1998) – Droit public – Institut d'études politiques
LL.M. (2002) – Droit – Université du Québec à Montréal
LL.D. (2009) – Law – McGill University

Room: Brooks (430)
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Delphine Nakache is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law (French Common Law). She teaches courses in the areas of public international law and immigration and refugee law. She has researched and published on issues related to the human rights and security-based implications of migration, citizenship and refugee laws and policies, both in Europe and Canada. Her main focus is on issues surrounding the protection of migrant workers, asylum seekers and non-status migrants, and on barriers to citizenship for disadvantaged immigrants.

Prof. Nakache is a member of several research teams. She is leading a five-year SSHRC-funded research on pathways into and out of precarity for temporary migrants in Canada (Profs Idil Atak, Jason Foster, Luin Goldring, Co-Investigators; Dr. Marcella Cassiano, Collaborator). She is also leading the SSHRC-funded Canadian portion of the VULNER project, an international research initiative which has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870845 (for the Canadian part of the research: Profs Dagmar Soennecken and François Crépeau, Co-investigators; Nathan Benson and Prof. James Milner, Collaborators). She is as well a Co-Investigator in a SSHRC-funded research (Partnership Grant, 2018-2025) titled " Civil society and the global refugee regime: understanding and enhancing impact through the implementation of global refugee policy (LERRN)”, led by Prof. Milner.). In this research, she is leading the working group on "Protection", in collaboration with Nathan Benson from the Refugee Hub.

Until recently, Prof. Nakache was involved in several other research projects:

  • A SSHRC-funded research (Insight Grant, 2014-2019), exploring the intersection of security, irregular migration and asylum (led by Prof. Atak).
  • A SSHRC-funded research (Partnership Grant, 2013-2019), investigating employment-related geographical mobility and its consequences for workers, families, employers, communities, and all levels of governments (“On The Move”, led by Prof. Barb Neis).
  • A France-Canada funded research (2017-2019), exploring the role of citizenship acquisition for immigrant integration trajectories in Canada and France (led by Prof. Elke Winter and Prof. Myriam Hachimi Alaoui).

Prof. Nakache provides consultancy work for the United Nations and the Government of Canada. She is an International Adviser with the International Detention Coalition.

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